Policy actions sorted A-Z.
Policy actions sorted A-Z.
Enforce conditions to building planning permissions that require builders to integrate broadband-capable wiring into buildings.
Broadband speed is mapped throughout the country and released as open data. This is either done centrally or crowd-sourced from consumers. This allows policy makers and consumers to understand the quality of provision.
United Kingdom: The telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, releases open data around broadband connection speeds.
United States: The Federal Communications Commission release a yearly report called “Measuring Broadband America” that includes speed samples separated by geographical location.
Australia: The Broadband Availability and Quality Project have mapped broadband speed and technology capability across Australia, assigning A to E ratings on a neighbourhood level.
Canada: CTRC have mapped where broadband Internet services are available and the technologies used to provide those services.
Measurements must be done over a defined period to allow an average broadband speed to be calculated that more accurately reflects the quality of broadband in this area.
Data should be released with enough geographical resolution to make it useful. Showing street level broadband speeds is more useful than showing regional broadband speeds.
Gigabit-speed broadband connections offer up to 1 Gbps (1024 Mbps) of download speed and can theoretically download a 90 minute high definition film in 30 seconds.
Crowd-sourcing is a method of data collection where people independently contribute to a larger data set.
Local authorities plan and maintain broadband infrastructure so there is democratic accountability to the provision of internet access.
Secure and free Wi-Fi is provided in public spaces to provide internet access and participation in the consumer market to those unable to afford a home internet connection. Public Wi-Fi in central urban areas can stimulate economic activity in that area, and may also reduce roaming data costs for tourists visiting the area.
Most G20 countries have examples of free local Wi-Fi.
Brazil: Between 2013 and 2015, there has been 83% growth in the number of Brazilian cities providing internet access for free in public areas. 1,457 out of 5,570 Brazilian municipalities offered free Internet access in 2014.
India: By May 2017, Mumbai will have 1,200 hotspots, making it the biggest public Wi-Fi network in India and one of the largest in the world.
Turkey and Indonesia: Acknowledging the lack of secure and stable public Wi-Fi connections, private organisations are offering rental 4G Wi-Fi enabled hotspots.
United Kingdom: The UK Government’s SuperConnected cities initiative has introduced public Wi-Fi on transport in nine cities.
DotEveryone have carried out research into the suitability of internet provision in elderly care homes.
In late 2016, Transport for London collected pseudoanonymised connection data from their public Wi-Fi networks in 54 stations to “better understand how London Underground passengers move through stations and interchange between lines”.
If usage exceeds the capacity of a Wi-Fi network, customer experience can be poor due to slow speeds.
Data transferred across public Wi-Fi networks that don’t use a password can be intercepted by other people.
Government funds, sometimes in partnership with private organisations, a major expansion project to increase broadband service reach and performance.
Australia: The National Broadband Network is a federal programme to improve connectivity across Australia, by replacing existing infrastructure and introducing mobile and wireless technology to improve coverage in rural areas.
Argentina: A consortium of telecommunications providers announced an alliance to develop a fibre optic network that links Argentina, Brazil and Chile that will improve broadband services in northern Argentina.
Brazil: Government invests $4 billion in broadband infrastructure development by giving tax relief to projects registered with the Ministry of Communications.
Large scale projects can be politically sensitive, expensive and subject to delays, particularly in reference to Australia’s National Broadband Network.
Funding projects may neglect specific areas of a nation.
Privately sponsored infrastructure projects could create broadband monopolies in some places.
Questions over funding of universal service obligations, and unintended consequences of subsidising non-targeted consumers.
People expect a minimum broadband speed and may request compensation if the speed is not met. Countries may do this in several ways; including creating a minimum service obligation for a certain speed, or creating a legal definition of what services may be sold as broadband.
United Kingdom: 10 Mbps download speeds are recommended by Ofcom. The UK government are in the process of creating a minimum service obligation.
United States: The US communications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission, have defined broadband as 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload.
Canada: The CTRC have ruled that broadband is minimum 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload.
Brazil: Internet service providers are mandated to provide 80% of the advertised download speed.
India: To be classified as broadband, connection speeds must be higher than 0.5 Mbps.
Policy can be influenced by telecoms organisations to reduce speed below public expectations.
Measuring connection speeds require a consistent methodology.
The baseline isn’t flexible enough to reflect changing expectations and capacity.
Upload speed: how fast data can be transferred from a consumer’s device to a server that runs a service.
Download speed: how fast data can be transferred from a server that runs a service to a consumer’s device.
Megabits per second: Abbreviated to Mbps, this is a measurement of data transfer speed, the amount of megabytes that can be transferred in a second.